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Scoliosis - What Increases Your Risk

Things that increase a person's risk for scoliosis include:

  • Family history. Scoliosis is known to run in families. Children—especially daughters—of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis.2
  • Being female. Girls are more likely than boys to have a significant curve that requires treatment.

Scoliosis is more common in people who have:

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  • A spinal bone that is pushed forward (forward displacement), usually in the lower back (spondylolisthesis).
  • Missing or abnormally short arms or legs.
  • Other disorders related to tissue development while in the womb.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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